Dr. Mary Newport, who has spent her practice taking care of babies, is also the wife of a man with early-onset Alzheimer's. Newport contacted me and asked if she could send me an article, along with some links to newspaper stories, about an oil found in the coconut tree and its effects on Alzheimer's disease. I said sure. I'm always happy to learn about new ideas in development.
When the article arrived, I was impressed by how promising this sounds and excited that there may be one more product, already available, that could protect brains and even help the quality of life of those with Alzheimer's disease.
Newport was researching two new drugs her husband was a candidate to try, when she found a third drug that sounded even better. While most Alzheimer's drugs aim toward slowing the progression of Alzheimer's, this third one actually showed memory improvement. With further research, Newport discovered the medication's primary ingredient was an oil composed of medium chain triglycerides, known as MCT oil.
With further research, Newport found that non-hydrogenated coconut oil is more than 60 percent MCT oil, and this new medication derived its MCT oil from the coconut tree. We've read for years that hydrogenated coconut oil is bad for us. It was once used in many packaged foods, but because of heart-health considerations, the oil has been often been replaced with healthier fats. However, non-hydrogenated oil is a whole different ball game.
Newport's published article, which can be found on her new Web site at http://coconutketones.com, will tell you all about the science behind the MCI oil and its relationship to Alzheimer's. There are also links to several newspaper articles written about her and her research on MCT oil. She is also beginning a blog, which may be up and running by the time you read this. If it's not, it will be soon. The blog link is also on the Web site.
The featured article, titled "What If There Was a Cure for Alzheimer's Disease...and No One Knew?," is written with the knowledge that not everyone reading it is a scientist. I think most people will be drawn into the story of this couple and the quest of this doctor to help her husband and others with Alzheimer's disease.
MCT oil is certainly something to watch. This is a product that is available now. It helped Newport's husband recover some functions he had lost - at least temporarily. How much more can it do? Time and studies will tell. However, Newport is enough of a believer that she is aggressively plowing forward with her efforts to get the word out. We can hope she's onto something huge.
Published On: January 05, 2009